Nigerians praised for peaceful co-existence

Timothy Choji, Abuja


Nigerian Christians and Muslims have been commended for co-existing peacefully for a very long time.

Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, Rev Olav Tveit gave the commendation while speaking to worshipers at the State House Chapel, Abuja.

He said the unity existing among Nigerians must be maintained, to ensure progress and development in all parts of the country.

The Secretary General said he was in Nigeria with a team to inaugurate the National Centre for Interfaith, Peace and Harmony in Kaduna, North-West Nigeria.

Cordial Relationship

He said the establishment of the Centre by followers of the two main religions in Nigeria, was a demonstration of the cordial relationship that exists between them and such should be maintained for the good of the country.

“It is a moment of joy to do this because it is the result of a joint Christian and Muslim visit to this country some years ago. Both religions need to cry together and also understand ourselves, and what it means to be in the shoes of one another. The Centre for Interfaith is meant to be a place where Muslims and Christians need to share their stories and develop new ideas of how to live together and show the world that it is possible to do so,” Rev Tveit said

Rev Tweet further advised Muslims and Christians not to relent in working together.

“The launch we had few days ago shows that Christian leaders under the leadership of the Christian Council of Nigeria and the Muslim leaders under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto are really committed to using the Centre. Muslims and Christians all believe in one God, who created us and cares for all of us. This we must show through our faiths in our dealings with one another. We have to live together in peace and harmony whether we are Muslims or Christians,” he emphasised.

Also speaking, the President of the Christian Council of Nigeria Rev Emmanuel Udofia said Nigerians must continue to trust in God in order to overcome the current challenges the nation is facing.

“This is the time Nigeria is facing a lot of challenges. No matter our position, all of us should develop trust in God alone. When we believe in the ability of god, he will turn things around for Nigeria,” he said.

The service featured special prayers for Nigeria and songs of praise, with the country’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo in attendance.